[Parentsgroup-list] Holyoke Peds

Michelle Forman mlf534 at mail.harvard.edu
Tue Jan 4 20:44:26 EST 2011

We had a wonderful experience with Dr. Privver. I would recommend her


On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 8:39 PM, Meredith Quinn <quinn at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I don't have experience with the UHS pediatricians because we have been
> taking our daughter to an outside pediatrician since she was born.  I wanted
> to make sure that everyone knew that this is an option with the student
> health insurance, though it is pricey.  We had been on my husband's
> insurance, but we continued to take her to the outside pediatrician even
> after switching to the Harvard student health insurance (her dr. is Jack
> Maypole at South End Community Health Center -- we adore him).  The
> insurance plan allows for a certain number of well-child visits each year
> (corresponding to the Am Academy of Pediatrics recommendations) as well as
> 10 sick visits.  The copay is high -- $35 -- and, obviously, there is a risk
> that 10 sick visits is not going to be enough.  It seems like there are some
> great options at UHS, but going outside is possible as well.
> Meredith
> On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 7:39 PM, Griffin, April Marie
> <April_Griffin at hms.harvard.edu> wrote:
>> Regarding Dr Dorrell... The first few visits I felt she was not confident
>> and was constantly checking her list of things to ask and seemed a little
>> absent.  While she is quick in giving referrals to see specialists, I
>> personally don't feel that comfortable with her.  She is a sensitive person
>> (I didn't say doctor), but she can seem dismissive and sometimes it seems
>> like she has her hand on the door to leave too soon. She has referred him to
>> specialists which have been helpful sometimes, but I feel I've paid too many
>> co-pays to specialists (Children's hospital) that weren't necessary. My son
>> resisted potty training at 2.5years, and she prescribed high or adult
>> dosages for multiple laxatives, syrups, etc DAILY...not for days but months,
>> which turned to years, and delayed potty training because it was too
>> traumatic until he could go on his own (her logic, but really you can't
>> potty train somebody who is on so many laxatives, he has no sense of
>> control). So many meds were toxic,
>>  causing vomiting and dehydration, so I decided to change the regimen and
>> she later agreed with me. But he still had to go to the ER a few times and
>> it wasn't until 2 years later that she agreed with me that it wasn't
>> physical (diet, allergies, etc) but psychological, which is what I said from
>> day 1. So finally, at almost 5 years old, he is seeing a "poop psychiatrist"
>> and starting potty training.
>> Actually, expressing this makes me realize I should also change
>> pediatricians. There is a lovely woman who we've seen several times, older
>> with long hair and a lot of patience. Unfortunately I do not remember her
>> name. Can anybody tell me who she is? My son warmed up immediately to her
>> every time we've seen her.
>> I will say overall I'm not satisfied with the limited pediatric care
>> options with HUHS, as well as the necessary commute from Longwood for even a
>> flu shot, but thats the reality of being a student parent with student
>> health insurance. I took my son to Centre Pediatrics from birth until age 2,
>> when I changed to HUHS insurance. They are at 1 Brookline Place and have an
>> amazing caring professional practice, in case anybody is interested.
>> ********************************
>> April Marie Griffin - Wayne Marasco Lab
>> PhD Candidate, Harvard Medical School
>> Cancer Immunology and AIDS
>> Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber Cancer Institute
>> ********************************
>> ________________________________________
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>> [parentsgroup-list-bounces at lists.hcs.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Melissa
>> Valentine [melissa.a.valentine at gmail.com]
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 6:33 PM
>> To: parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
>> Subject: [Parentsgroup-list] Holyoke Peds Re: Parentsgroup-list Digest,
>> Vol 733, Issue 4
>> Echoing concerns about the overreaction to jaundice --
>> I found it was helpful to ask them to show you where your baby was on the
>> chart indicating normal range and at risk range -- while showing us on the
>> chart they realized that our baby was within normal ranges so they stopped
>> with the testing.  (stupid heel pricks)
>> We also found Dr Dorrell insensitive during conversations and exams.  (I
>> also blamed it on hormones at the time.  But there will probably be hormones
>> involved after the birth of any baby...)
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Michelle Forman
Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy
SERP Institute, Internal Coherence
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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